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Wimbledon College of Art

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Established  1890
Undergraduate tuition and fees  9,000 GBP (2012)
Founded  1890
Location  London, United Kingdom
Phone  +44 20 7514 9641
Dean  Simon Betts
Wimbledon College of Art
Affiliations  University of the Arts London
Address  Merton Hall Rd, London SW19 3QA, UK
Parent organization  University of the Arts London
Notable alumni  Peter Doig, Tony Cragg, Raymond Briggs, Georgina Chapman, Jeff Beck
Similar  Camberwell College of Arts, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion

Introduction to wimbledon college of arts

Wimbledon College of Art, formerly Wimbledon School of Art, is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London. It is located in Wimbledon and Merton Park, South West London.



The foundation of Wimbledon College of Art goes back to 1890, when an art class for the Rutlish School for Boys was started. Between 1904 and 1920 this was housed in the Wimbledon Technical Institute in Gladstone Road. It became independent in 1930 and moved to Merton Hall Road in 1940. Theatre design was taught from 1932, and became a department in 1948. BA courses were introduced from 1974, and MA courses from 1984. In 1993 the school, which previously had been controlled by the London Borough of Merton, was incorporated as an independent higher education institution, and from 1995 awarded degrees accredited by the University of Surrey.

Wimbledon School of Art became part of the University of the Arts London in 2006 and was renamed Wimbledon College of Art.


Wimbledon is divided into three academic schools, School of Foundation Studies, School of Fine Art and School of Theatre. Each school delivers a suite of specialist art and design courses ranging from foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate, as well as providing research supervision for students undertaking a research programme of study.


Wimbledon is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London, with Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication and London College of Fashion.

Notable alumni

  • James Acheson (costume designer)
  • Hurvin Anderson (artist)
  • Jeff Beck (musician)
  • Raymond Briggs (author)
  • Georgina Chapman
  • Malvina Cheek (artist)
  • Tony Cragg (1988 Turner Prize winner)
  • Peter Doig (1994 Turner Prize nominee)
  • John Joseph Haldane (philosopher)
  • Russell Hill (artist)
  • Richard Hudson (stage designer)
  • Charles Knode (costume designer)
  • Christopher Oram (theatre designer and Laurence Olivier Award winner)
  • Phoebe Philo (fashion designer)
  • Mark Tildesley (production designer)
  • Mabel Pakenham-Walsh (artist)
  • Anthony Ward (theatre designer)
  • Notable staff

  • Prunella Clough (1999 Jerwood Painting Prize winner)
  • Maggi Hambling (sculptor, Jerwood Painting Prize winner 1995)
  • Yolanda Sonnabend, theatre and ballet designer and painter
  • Anthony Wood, FSHA, FSSI, (heraldic artist, calligrapher and illuminator; lecturer and art teacher (1965-1986) at the Wimbledon School of Art )
  • References

    Wimbledon College of Art Wikipedia